Only 1 percent of almost 800 students surveyed recently in Westport cycle to school.

The survey was carried out by Westport Active Travel to School Group, which includes Green Schools from Brackloon National School, Rice College and Sacred Heart School in Westport. They undertook the survey to understand the current habits and choices that students are making.

In total, they surveyed 791 Westport students ranging in age from 4 to 18 years. 

They are now calling on Mayo County Council to “take immediate action to put safe, segregated cycle and walking routes in place through the town and on all routes to schools in the Westport area.”

They are further calling on schools to address the weight of schoolbags and unsuitable uniforms which are stopping students cycle.  

Safety around cycling to school is the big concern of parents , according to Gearóid Ó Riain, a teacher in Sacred Heart School.

Gearoid has been speaking to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the survey and the small percentage of students in the area that are cycling to school


Ba:   The full survey results will form part of the “FREEWHEELING – to a Better Future” photographic exhibition, which will be on display in Westport Town Hall in the coming weeks - photography by Conor McKeown.